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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Living on the Edge! (Windows Vista)

Once again, I'm afraid that I haven't been good about blogging recently.

But my evenings have been filled with much frustration and blue language as I've been setting up my new laptop..... Which uses Windows Vista (Insert 'Psycho' theme here).

That's right! Instead of playing it safe in the comfy world of XP, I decided to go for broke and get the new OS! That's right fellow geeks! You can't stop me! I'm a man on the edge!

So far, it's been a bit of a challenge. My Inventor went in pretty easily, but my Autodesk Data Management Server install was quite a struggle. I had some problems with Port 80, which for some reason, wouldn't pass the prechecks.

I solved them by unplugging my network cable. Why that worked, I don't know.

But here's my honest assessment, after about 12 hours of 'real' use.

I like the look and feel. The 'cool' factor is definitely high, and I'm slowly getting used to the different layout of the OS.

Some of the networking is still driving me bonkers. I haven't figured out how to get it to talk to my XP boxes yet. I'm not sure if this is user error, or something in the OS, but for the moment, I've moved everything from one laptop to another using 'sneaker-net' (aka portable hard drive).

With respect to running Inventor...

You're only going to get 2008. I have my old reliable XP desktop for R11 and previous.

And don't forget! You have to install SP1 for R2008 for Inventor to work properly!

Aside from that, Inventor seems to be moving along without any issues that I've noticed, but I'll be keeping track!

In summary, if I were on a true production (making drawings all day) box, I'd probably wait a little longer before switching to Vista. But, since I'm pretty much pushing the envelope, I figured I'd go ahead and try Vista out.

Wish me luck! Something tells me that things are going to get a little more adventurous.

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